NFL Taking A Page Out Of Fascism’s Playbook

NFL Taking A Page Out Of Fascism’s Playbook


THE NFL HAS JUST ANNOUNCED
ITS NEW POLICY IN REGARD TO PLAYERS WHO KNEEL DURING THE
NATIONAL ANTHEM AND UNFORTUNATELY, THE NFL IS NOT
SIDING WITH THE PROTESTING PLAYERS, THEY ARE DEMANDING THAT
PLAYERS WHO ARE ON THE FIELD DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM STAND
UP DURING THE ANTHEM AND IF THEY REFUSE TO DO SO, THEN THEY
SHOULD REMAIN IN THE LOCKER ROOMS OR AT LEAST SOMEWHERE OFF
THE FIELD WHERE NO ONE CAN SEE THEM AND NO ONE WILL NOTICE OR
CARE THAT THEY ARE PROTESTING. PREVIOUSLY THE PLAYERS
WERE FORCED TO BE OUT ON THE FIELD AND THEY HAVE CHANGED THAT
POLICY TO BASICALLY LET THEM KNOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO STAND AND STAY
IN THE LOCKER ROOM. THAT IS AN EXACT QUOTE FROM
ROGER GOODELL, THE NFL COMMISSIONER. THE UNION RESPONDED AND WE WILL
GET TO THEIR STATEMENT IN THE SECOND BUT I WANT TO OPEN THIS
UP TO YOU. I WILL RAGE ON A COUPLE OF
THINGS. FIRST OF ALL THE COMMISSIONERS SAYS THEY WILL
IMPOSE APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINE ON THE PLAYERS IF THEY DARED TO
EXPRESS THEIR FREEDOM OF SPEECH. LASHINGS MAY BE? I DON’T KNOW AT THE DISCIPLINE
WILL BE. YOU MAY SAY THAT IS AN OVER-THE-TOP COMMENT, WELL,
TEXAS OWNER BOB MCNAIR SAID THAT THE NFL PLAYERS, LETTING THEM
KNEEL AND MAKE THOSE DECISIONS ON THEIR OWN AS IF THEY ARE
HUMAN BEINGS WITH RIGHTS WAS THE INMATES RUNNING THE PRISON. AT
THE TIME THERE WAS A LOT OF BLOWBACK FROM IT SO HE BRIEFLY
APOLOGIZED. LATER, HE SAID THAT THE ONLY THING HE REGRETTED WAS
APOLOGIZING AND THAT THE INMATES SHOULD NOT RUN THE PRISON. BOB
MCNAIR IN REGARD TO THIS, THERE WAS A SECRET RECORDING, THERE HE
IS, THE HORRIBLE PERSON WHO OWNS THE HOUSTON TEXANS. THEY ARE A
FUN TEAM, IT IS A SHAME THAT I AM FORCED TO ROOT AGAINST THEM. JJ WATTS, IT’S GREAT BUT IT IS HARD TO ROOT FOR THESE
GUYS WHEN THEIR OWNERS ARE SUCH BAD GUYS. MCNAIR SAID IN THESE
RECORDINGS THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES GOT, YOU FELLOWS, TELLING
THE PLAYERS, YOU FELLAS NEED TO ASK YOUR COMPADRES, FELLOWS,
STOP THAT OTHER BUSINESS, LET’S GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING THAT
REALLY PRODUCES POSITIVE RESULTS AND WILL HELP YOU. IN OTHER
WORDS, KNOW YOUR ROLE. YOUR ROLE IS TO LISTEN TO MY ORDERS
AND PERFORM FOR ME. SO NOW LET’S BREAK DOWN THE DIFFERENT
PROBLEMS HERE. ROGER GOODELL SAID IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT ON
FILLED PROTESTS CREATED A FALSE PERCEPTION AMONG MANY THAT
THOUSANDS OF NFL PLAYERS WERE UNPATRIOTIC. THIS IS NOT WAS NEVER THE CASE
BUT BY CHANGING THE RULE, YOU JUST CONFIRMED IT. YOU JUST CONFIRMED THAT FALSE
PERCEPTION THAT THEY WERE UNPATRIOTIC. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE NOW MAKING
THEM STAND FOR THE FLIGHT. AND IT IS NOT ONLY HOW HE
CHANGE THE POLICY, IT IS ALSO THE STATEMENT THAT HE GAVE AFTER
HE CHANGED THE POLICY, ALL-LEAGUE AND TEAM PERSONNEL
SHALL STAND AND SHOW RESPECT FOR THE FLAG AND THE ANTHEM. IF IT WAS A FALSE PERCEPTION
THAT THEY WERE NOT RESPECTING THE FLAG IN THE
ANTHEM, WHY DID YOU JUST DOUBLE DOWN ON IT AND SAY THAT
STATEMENT? AND EVEN BOB KRAFT WHO IS A HUGE
SUPPORTER OF DONALD TRUMP AND THE RECORDINGS OF THE NEW YORK
TIMES GOT, WHEN NFL OWNERS WERE TALKING, LATER THEY MADE THE
DECISION WITHOUT TALKING TO THE PLAYERS BUT IN THE TIME THEY
WERE PRETENDING TO CARE ABOUT THE PLAYERS, KRAFT SAID IN THE
ROOM THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO WILL YOU
SATISFIED HER TO DO HIS MISSION THAT I DON’T FEEL IS IN THE BEST
INTEREST OF AMERICA REFERRING TO HOW WHAT TRUMP IS DOING IS NOT
IN THE BEST INTEREST OF AMERICA. THIS IS THE OWNER OF THE
PATRIOTS, IT IS DIVISIVE AND HORRIBLE. BUT WAIT A MINUTE,
YOU JUST SAID WE SUBMIT TO DONALD TRUMP. WE WILL FORCE OUR
PLAYERS TO STAND FOR THE ANTHEM BECAUSE HE WANTED IT, EVEN
THOUGH YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT WAS DIVISIVE AND HORRIBLE. AMONG THE MANY DIFFERENT
PROBLEMS HERE, HOW PATHETICALLY WEAK ARE YOU ALL? WHEN IT COMES TO DISCIPLINING
THEIR PLAYERS, THEY ARE ALL TOUGH GUYS. I AM THE
MILLIONAIRE, YOU PERFORM FOR ME. I AM GOING TO DISCIPLINE YOU. WHEN TRUMP SPANKS YOUR SORRY
ASS, SORRY MR. PRESIDENT. WE WILL
MAKE THEM ALL STAND. REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE OUT THERE AND
SOME OF THE OWNERS EVEN TOOK A KNEE. EVEN JERRY JONES. WHAT
HAPPENED TO THAT? ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU ARE NOT
TAKING A KNEE, WELL, YOU ARE. YOU ARE BENDING A NEED TO
PRESIDENT TRUMP. YOU ARE SO SAD AND PATHETIC. I HAVE MORE BUT GO AHEAD. I THINK THIS IS GREAT. I
THINK THAT THIS IS A GREAT WAY OF SHOWING LOVE FOR YOUR COUNTRY
AND SHOWING THAT YOU ARE A PATRIOT, BUT I WORRY THAT THIS
DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH. IN FACT, I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE A GOOD
IDEA TO HIRE MORE POLICE OFFICERS WHO MAN THE STADIUMS
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY AND THEY PROVIDE CITATIONS TO ANYONE WHO
IS NOT STANDING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, EVERYONE. IF
YOU HAPPEN TO BE AT THE CONCESSION STAND SCRATCHING YOUR
ASS AS A NATIONAL ANTHEM IS HAPPENING ON THE FIELD, YOU WILL
GET A CITATION, SOME CERTIFIED. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN THE
BATHROOM WHEN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM STARTS, I DON’T KNOW,
MAYBE A PRISON SENTENCE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THE
FLAG AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. THE REASON WHY I AM SAYING THIS
IS BECAUSE NO ONE CARED, NO ONE PAID ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS
HAPPENING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON THE FIELD OF ANY
SPORTING EVENTS UNTIL YOU HAD ATHLETES WHO HAD THE AUDACITY TO
RESPECTFULLY PROTEST THE FACT THAT MEMBERS OF THEIR
COMMUNITIES WERE GETTING SHOT AND KILLED BECAUSE OF THE FACT
THAT THEY ARE PART OF A MINORITY GROUP. UNARMED INDIVIDUALS AND
THEIR COMMUNITIES WERE SHOT AND KILLED BUT ALL OF A SUDDEN,
THAT YOU HAVE BLACK ATHLETES PROTESTING SOMETHING, EVERYONE
IS OUTRAGED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEIR PERCEPTION IS THAT
THEY ARE NOT RESPECTING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. IT IS RIDICULOUS. SO MANY THINGS TO SAY. THE
WHOLE IDEA OF DISRESPECTING THE MILITARY IS MADE UP, IT IS A
LIE. THAT IS NOT WHY THEY ARE DOING IT, IT IS NEVER BEEN WHY,
THEY WERE VERY CLEAR BUT YOU DO NOT SEE THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS, AS
THE MEN THAT THEY ARE AND YOU SAY, I AM GOING TO PRETEND THAT
YOU WERE DOING THIS, BUT THEY COULD MAKE A POINT ABOUT OVER
MILITARIZATION BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT THEY ARE MAKING. THEY
ARE MAKING A POINT ABOUT POLICE ABUSE THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO
TALK ABOUT THAT, THAT DISRESPECTS THE ISSUE, A LOT OF
YOUR FANS BUT IF YOU ARE A WHITE RIGHT WING THEN WE BOW
DOWN TO YOU AND DONALD TRUMP. IF YOU ARE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN
FAN OR A HUMAN BEING, YOUR VIEWS ON HOW
WE NEED TO RETRAIN THE COPS TO RESPECT THE CITIZENS
IT IS IRRELEVANT. YOU ARE SPITTING IN OUR FACE. HOW ABOUT US? DON’T WE HAVE RIGHTS? ONLY THE RIGHT WING. AND BY
THE WAY, AS ALWAYS, THE MOST SPECIAL SNOWFLAKES. I FEEL SLIGHTLY DISRESPECTED,
TAKE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS. WHAT DOES THE FLAG STAND FOR? IT STANDS FOR AMERICA. IT
STANDS FOR THE PRINCIPLES OF AMERICA, FOR EXAMPLE, THE UNITED
STATES CONSTITUTION, THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
AND APPARENTLY SINCE THE RIGHT WING IS SO IGNORANT,
I’M GOING TO READ IT TO YOU: IT IS THE CORE FOR WHAT AMERICA
STANDS FOR SO WHEN YOU TELL PEOPLE YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO
SEEK RICH REST OF GRIEVANCES, YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK OUT
ON AN ISSUE THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU ARE THE
ONE DISRESPECTING THE FLAG. SO THESE HORRIBLE NFL OWNERS WHO DO
NOT RESPECT OUR COUNTRY AND WHO DO NOT RESPECT OUR FLAG ARE THE
ONES WHO ARE VIOLATING ALL OF OUR PRINCIPLES AND ARE TOTALLY
UNPATRIOTIC AND THEY SICKEN ME. AGAIN, I HOPE THAT WAS CLEAR. VERY CLEAR. THE PLAYERS ARE
PART OF A UNION. IT IS THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION AND AS I
MENTIONED EARLIER IN THE STORY, THE UNION WAS NOT INVOLVED OR
INVITED TO ANY OF THESE TALKS WERE THE VOTES AND SO THEY HAVE
RELEASED A STATEMENT IN REGARD TO THIS POLICY CHANGE AND THEY
SAID THE FOLLOWING: SO THEY SAY THAT THEY ARE GOING
TO REVIEW WHAT IS GOING ON AND TAKE A LOOK AT THEIR COLLECTIVE
BARGAINING RIGHTS AND FIGHT BACK, SO WE WILL SEE HOW THAT
GOES. NOW ERIC REED HAS JOINED
COLIN KAEPERNICK’S LAWSUIT CHARGING COLLUSION. THIS IS THE
MOST CLEAR CASE OF COLLUSION I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. COLIN KAEPERNICK IS ARGUABLY ONE OF THE BEST QUARTERBACKS IN THE
LEAGUE BUT YOU WANT TO HAVE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT HOW HE CAN’T MAKE
A TEAM, I HAVE HAD THE ARGUMENT 1 MILLION TIMES. NO SPORTS FAN
WOULD ACTUALLY SAY THAT. IF YOU THINK KAPERNICK IS NOT AMONG THE
TOP 96 QUARTERBACKS IN THE COUNTRY, YOU ARE AN IDIOT WHO
SHOULDN’T WATCH FOOTBALL BECAUSE YOU CAN’T APPARENTLY APPRECIATE
IT BUT THAT IS NOT, THAT WILL BE EXHIBIT Z NOW. EXHIBIT A WILL
BE ERIC REED WHO WAS THE SECOND PERSON TO TAKE A KNEE WITH COLIN
KAEPERNICK WHO WAS HIS TEAMMATE, NOW HE IS NOT GETTING ANY JOBS. HE IS OUT OF A JOB AND NO ONE IS CALLING HIM BACK. HE HAS YOUNG
AND RANKED AS ONE OF THE BEST DEFENSIVE BACKS IN THE COUNTRY. OUT OF THE 32 TEAMS, SOME OF WHICH ARE HORRIBLE WANT ONE OF
THE BEST DEFENSIVE BACKS IN THE COUNTRY? THAT IS COLLUSION AND
IT IS ILLEGAL. I HOPE THEY GET SO MUCH MONEY
THAT ERIC REED AND COLIN KAEPERNICK AND BUY THE HOUSTON
TEXANS. THAT WOULD BE NICE. COULD YOU IMAGINE IF BOB
MCNAIR HAD TO GIVE THEM SO MUCH MONEY IN A LAWSUIT THAT HE COULD
NOT AFFORD THE TEXANS ANYMORE. THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. THE COLLUSION, I AM SERIOUS,
THIS IS THE CLEAREST CASE OF COLLUSION I’VE EVER SEEN. THEY ARE BASICALLY RUBBING THE
COLLUSION EVERYBODY’S FACE. THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES, THEIR
COURTS IN THIS COUNTRY.

100 thoughts on “NFL Taking A Page Out Of Fascism’s Playbook

  1. Any fan with a conscience should kneel on behalf of the players. Then stop supporting the team if they act against you. Empty stadiums are their worse nightmare.

  2. I just dont get it. This is most bs issue in american politics. Who cares what people do during the national anthem. Its like going to church and not standing when the pastor says "stand and pray". 99% of people in be church wont care or probably even notice

  3. Must stand and show respect?? Appropriate discipline? Muthafuck the NFL. I never watch another game and havent watched it since they white balled Kap. We can make our own league. Those brothers shouldn't never play another down in that league.

  4. "Your role is to listen to my orders and perform for me" exactly……thats exactly what the owner of team gets to do.

  5. The coaches themselves should kneel during the anthem. They have such a big platform to make a positive difference and they are throwing it away.

  6. Why don't conservatives get that it's patriotic to speak up for people who are being targeted and murdered

  7. Not really a first amendment issue, part of there job is to be at least perceived as Johnny America. They are on private property and working for a private organisation. Also they are well compensated for what they do, so I don't really understand the do what your told angle, its part of the job.

  8. It's a business. They're taking a hit and responding accordingly. The players don't have to play. They are free to get jobs like the rest of us.

  9. No one is taking away any rights or implementing fascism. The NFL is a private corporation they can make the policies they wish. TYT won't have me on their show so that I can shout ring-wing propaganda, TYT is denying my free speech rights, same concept. You can be against the policy of the NFL, but to attack it like TYT is doing really just shows their infancy on the issue.

  10. The same people that criticize the players for supposedly disrespecting the military, are the same people that support Trump while shits all over McCain. Two-faced hypocrites.

  11. I am not really a fan of the decision, but come on TYT you have defended private companies implementing decisions that limited speech many times in the past when it was hindering those you disagreed with. This contradiction creates an image of hypocrisy, and makes the false righteousness displayed in this video even more cringe worthy.

  12. if I was a football player I would go out on the field but as soon as the anthem came on I would find the place the NFL heads are and go out in the middle of the field, kneel and stare at them and give them the biggest middle finger I can to them till the end of the song

  13. NFL is like any private business, and the players are employees…as such can have internal rules like dress codes. It's legal

  14. It's not a First Amendment issue if it solely is between the NFL and the players. The commentary should focus on the extent that the NFL bowed to Trump-and-Company's pressure. If the league is trying to appease the ticket holders, this is not the right way to do it! Besides, it's a stupid sport that ought to collapse.

  15. Communists complaining of fascism, while trying to shut down free speech they label as "hate speech"? You bet!

  16. so the NFL commissioner has finally joined Trump's kiss my ass club huh? Trump must had a serious hard on after this announcement

  17. Oh no.. they’re being forced to be respectful to the country they live in. You know what real fascism would do? Send them to work camps or public execution… pretty stark contrast from being told to stay in the locker room

  18. Alright so I have 2 serious questions for all the people in favor of those who kneel during the National Anthem.

    Question 1: Are you even an NFL Fan?

    Question 2: Would you be okay with it if some players chose to give a Roman (Nazi) Salute instead of kneeling?

  19. (Respect the flag)……you mean the flag that's currently being disrespected by Trump and the Republican party everyday in EVERY WAY…..Amerikkka is a joke

  20. This is not fascism, it's capitalism. You my wish to argue that the two are not so far apart, but you need to be clear.

  21. It's a private company. Those players are being paid by that company, and like any job, there's certain rules you need to follow. The players willingly signed their contracts. If they don't like it, they can quit.

  22. How about all black people and all people who sympathise with their plight just stop watching NFL, stop paying for cable channels that include the NFL (and if that's not possible due to channel packaging, then send an e-mail to the provider), stop buying NFL merchandise etc. Hit 'em where it hurts; The wallet.
    I myself have been a long-time football(soccer)-fan, but because of rigged matches, the criminal corruption of FIFA etc. I will no longer spend a cent on ANY merchandise, pay-per-view, cable subscription and so on, because I cannot and will not support it.
    The fact that the World Cup is in Russia, just confirms that my choices are correct, which is why I won't even be watching a single match. And this is from an ex Fanatico that have been watching football all his life.

  23. Listen you're going about this all wrong. Our military forces paid the NFL to promote and advertise for business purposes. That's why it's being pushed as disrespect to patriotism etc. The NFL is doing what they are paid for. Now as far as the players go, if they don't mind getting treated like slaves etc. Why should we give 2 fucks. They are not running to your aid when you need them. They are slaves to a lifestyle and "$" now what we can do is not participate in the nonsense by not fuckin with the league or the players. Protesting does nada. It's like you're at a house party the host I is as shitty to you but you are begging for him to treat you better! NO DUMBASS. YOU LEAVE THE PARTY. Again, follow the money. See this is what happens when we don't think for ourselves! We keep repeating the same routines.

  24. Trump's dickishness toward the NFL is childish retaliation. His own USFL failed. Look up the history of the USFL, and you'll see that Donnie Tiny Hands is largely responsible for the demise of the USFL.

  25. great example for the kids. All people should be fined and punished for expressing their 1st amendment rights

  26. The NFL is a private organization that pays their players a lot of money the players can quit or the players can quit. Nfl players are not being oppressed in anyway

  27. The NFL should have investigated all of that bullshit last season and severely punished every player who was involved in it including indefinitely suspending all the ringleaders just like they should have done to colin kaepernic because his "protest" was over a meaningless nonissue that doesn't matter.

  28. The NFL Players are not disrespecting the American Flag, Trump, his Administration and the Alt-Right are the ones disrespecting the American Flag.

  29. I remember the first time I visited the US and being surprised by the flags everywhere, presumably to demonstrate patriotic fervour. We are no less patriotic in Europe, but the few times you see a flag are usually on public or government buildings or when there are international sports tournaments. Same with National anthems. Do people get blasé or tired of all this, being accused of disrespect or not supporting the military? If you were to come at all this cold, and didn’t know any better, could it not be interpreted as fascistic? Especially with the current divisions. Maybe dialling it down a little and recognising protest is not disrespect.

  30. they should lay down during the anthem… this forced patriotism in a country that claims to be "the home of the free" is mind boggling… playing the national anthem is odd anyway.. military dictatorships do that… what has sport got to do with the nation and its anthem?

  31. The only part of the Constitution that these hypocrites care about is the Second Amendment. The US Government breaks the other ones daily, and the NFL's new "rule" is grossly unconstitutional.

  32. The cheapest sort of pride is national pride; for if a man is proud of his own nation, it argues that he has no qualities of his own of which he can be proud; otherwise he would not have recourse to those which he shares with so many millions of his fellowmen. The man who is endowed with important personal qualities will be only too ready to see clearly in what respects his own nation falls short, since their failings will be constantly before his eyes. But every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud adopts, as a last resource, pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and glad to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer

  33. They can protest themselves out of a job. The NFL can hire people who are willing to stand for the flag and the anthem.

  34. Players put your money where your mouth is.. if you truly believe that black lives matter.. then kneel and take the fine!!!!! Kneel and take the punishment.. just like our ancestors where beaten and punished from protesting for us..

  35. Why is trump the president? Idk maybe because these leftist groups lie more than him and are just so obviously pushing a false agenda. Calling this fascism proves that you have no clue LUL

    You also read out the first amendment like you care what the constitution and then want to take aways all citizens rights to bare arms. You sicken me

  36. WHAT?! Talk about ridiculous clickbait. Oh yeah, no, yeah absolutely the NFL is fascist now. Talk about having ZERO meaning for a word. Jesus christ that is weak.

  37. Remember there is no such thing as Freedom of Speech at the job. Companies have codes of conduct and rules against, otherwise employees could do all kinds of public damage to companies; like with the NFL. If anything Twitter, FB, YT are some examples of fascist companies…

  38. "I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wrap themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag". -Molly Ivins

  39. No more football for me. That's gonna make the long winters longer but I won't ever have anything to do with such absurdity

  40. I don't understand why they have to play the national anthem before each game. They're domestic games, what does football have to do with the anthem? Imagine if before every British premier league match, they played the British anthem, how weird would that be — almost everyone there is British. I don't get it.

  41. How is kneeling less respectful than standing? If someone kneeled at me I'd feel pretty respected.

  42. Because of this, yesterday at graduation ceremony, for the first time in my life, I committed a great act of patriotism and for the first time in my life I REFUSED TO STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.

  43. You should stand for the national anthem even if you are taking a shit. I do. Sure it can be messy but I'd never disrespect the troops just because of my poops.

  44. Under penalty of death you should stand for the national anthem. That's what freedom is all about.

  45. And yet we forgive Rosanne Bar for grabbing her crotch and PURPOSELY sang the National Anthem out of tune

  46. How about showing respect for the 1st amendment??? This is a personal vendetta Trump has had with the NFL for decades. It's been politicized simply for Trump's personal gain and his flock is falling for this bs.

  47. If all black players stopped playing in the sports then you'd have a few white men with playing 21. They NEED to do this.

  48. Yet another situation that flies right over the head of leftists (and TYT). This isn't a first amendment issue. The owners of the NFL have no legal obligation to provide the NFL platform to whatever cause the players' are protesting about. In fact, since NFL viewership dropped 10% last season, it could be deduced that the players act of taking a knee has hurt the NFL revenue stream in the form of lucrative TV contract leverage. Also, NFL players' salaries are tied to overall NFL revenue as negotiated from the last CBA. So it is actually counter-productive for players to make controversial displays that can be interpreted as unpatriotic.

  49. I'm conflicted here. I completely agree the players certainly have a fully justifiable grievance.
    On the other hand, a kind of protest against the flag at a sporting event…I don't know. I respect their right to do it. It's certainly HAD an impact and got attention initially. But I'm not sure if it's achieving what it intended any longer impact-wise WRT their specific issue. It's become more of a media hyperbolic talking head jabber fest rather than emphasising the underlying issue the players want to emphasize.
    Given our short attention span culture, maybe players could find another way to protest that could have equivalent, or at least new impact.
    But…..if they decide to kick the owners I'll considered new rule in the balls, I'll support that too.

  50. I thought you guys care about the rights of private companies to enforce their policies because it's a private company, TYT… "The 1st amendment doesn't apply in a private business" says TYT. "This isn't the government, so it's not touching your freedom of speech" says TYT. "They're allowed to fire you, the government isn't stopping you" says TYT.
    Oh right, that's only when you agree with the policy.
    Maybe you guys should try being principled and actually using your principles whether you agree with the situation or not. It's called being a mature adult, and you're acting like children that just want everything to go your way.

  51. You say the "Know your role" thing with such disdain, yet their role IS to perform for him… People work their whole lives for that privilege, and the fortunate few that make it get paid millions of dollars to play a sport and be a celebrity representing that team/owner. It's no different than an actor or any job. Is this somehow a crazy news flash for some people all of the sudden? The person has a role to perform their job description. What are you even talking about? Why are you trying to make this seem like some race thing? This applies to the white players just the same. Or was he only talking to the black players? Was that other owner only talking about the black players when he said "inmates"? It's a saying, Cenk. The saying is to point out that you're allowing mob rule when there is someone in charge.

  52. I have to be honest. If there was an employer that offered me a $Multi-Million Dollar contract, but that required me to just "stand" during the National Anthem – you're damn right I would. It doesn't mean that I agree with everything in the country. Who does? If I actually wanted to do something, I would find a way to be active and be a voice in the community. That would be more meaningful and productive anyway.

  53. The funniest part is, the progressives are totally wrong, the majority of players, including the black ones, are right wing misogynist pro-life pro death penalty hunt every weekend during the season gun toting bible thumping Trump supporters just like the majority of NFL fans are! Only a tiny fraction are leftist activists. The reason they bowed down to Trump was that it was hurting business, profits fell over 40% from the backlash. Money talks, period.

  54. I'm such a big Texans fan it's hard to believe that I will not be watching any football this next season coming up. I'm so sad to give up something I love so much to stand up for a principal I believe in, the same one this great nation was founded on. Sad day in American history.

  55. yeah but they force me to work at work. i would love to get paid to show respect for our country. you are all sooo stupid idiots. im much smarter.

  56. I'll never be able to understand why it is that all these snowflakes bow down so meakly every time trump🍼 is having a tantrum.

    This time it's over some American guys who are kneeling for a mere 116 seconds before they play a 3-4 hour long game!

    I would absolutely understand and agree with this level of hysterics had the players TURNED TO THEIR BACKS during the anthem, which would be an honest act of disrespect and blatantly unpatriotic! But kneeling is not even close to that!

  57. I use to love this country when I was blind to want was and is still going on in it, all the wars for profit, so many claiming to be Christian but look at how the poor, sick, or anyone in need is treated. The rich getting richer while young people die in a bogus war after war. People thrown out on the streets like trash, left to beg for what little they can get. We are being controlled and ruled by those that are suppose to represent us. They use fear and whatever else they can to control us, they use us for their's and the rich that they work for's benefit. And I'm suppose the stand up for that? Hell no, things have to change and if we just stand up blindly no matter what goes on then nothing will never change!! Oh and the killing of unarmed people of color, is why we protest and will not stand up for that any more!!

  58. Maybe the players should figure out what needs to be done and go on strike till the demands are made. They should be willing to violate thier contract & take the upper hand for what is right.

  59. But this country won't stand and respect the group of people that were forced to build this country….

  60. I honestly don't know why any thinking person would be a fan of any sports.The NFL has given the players and it's fans a choice.

  61. Scary how these so called patriots appear to be so personal towards a banner.
    The conservatives should know what Jesus said about banners.
    I'm not a believer but I know their book better than they do.However we all know how conservatives live to cherry pick.

  62. Eat a fat dick Young cunts. Protest this 🍆 you ugly mustache having bitch. That fat greasy slick water buffalo cenk can eat my balls too. The NFL HAD HUGE PROFIT LOSS. So now the owners should ignore the fans? Who obviously spoke with their wallets? For what? So that the millionaire players who are all in the dreaded "1%" can feel like they are apart of a dog shit terrorist movement? The fans and more importantly Americans in general are sick and tired of your liebral horse shit. That's all that happened here. Trump had nothing to do with this. The NFL is a private organization who can make their own rules. I love how these cunts don't mention how the NFL took a beating financially lmao. Nobody who runs a business would continue to do something that destroys the bottom line. Typical liberal scum who are all emotion and zero logic.

  63. I find it funny that nobody said anything when Tebow was kneeling during the anthem, he was considered brave

  64. I never considered this a free speech issue until Trump as president weighed in on it and started running his mouth. If the league had made this decision on their own I would shrug it off but it seems like this came out due to pressure from the government. That’s a very dangerous line to walk.

  65. Just stop all the players from going on the field for the anthem. Use it as a time to honor military vets.

  66. The NFL is just try to do what most fans want. Dont blame the owners for not caring about kaepernick. Blame americans for not giving a damn about his cause.

  67. Only a few years back….
    Amazing…. a Kentucky clerk, can deny a marrage licence based not on law, but in her belief. The conservatives applaud her for standing for her beliefs.
    A pharmacist can deny a legal prescription and act against company policy and not dispense abortion pills. The conservatives applauded them for standing for their beliefs.
    A football player takes a knee to protest governmental approved and legally sanctioned violence against his people……the conservatives trash him.

    The only rights conservatives are concerned about are their own.

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